What Exactly Does CBD Do?
Studies show the human body is capable of producing cannabinoids. It has two receptors for cannabinoids are called CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found everywhere in the human body, but the human brain contains the most receptors. These receptors deal with movement, pain, emotions, appetite, memories, and many others. THC particles attach to CB1 receptors.
CB2 receptors are found in a person’s immune system. Their effects combat inflammation and pain.
New research has discovered the way CBD acts in correlation with CB2. The CBD extract in the body sparks the body into using its own cannabinoids. The interaction of both alleviates pain and inflammation and helps battle many conditions.
1. Natural Pain Killing Effects
Have you ever been in an enormous amount of pain and over the counter medications don’t work? Now picture if you had that pain every single day getting in the way of your activities and preventing you from enjoying life. That is exactly what chronic pain feels like. And CBD can prove as a viable solution to treat it at the source.
According to some researchers, CBD extract attaches to receptors in the brain and immune system. The receptors are proteins attached to the cells that respond to stimuli as part of a chemical reaction. CBD extract is full of cannabinoids and this creates natural pain killing effects. For people living with chronic pain, this is good news.
2. Arthritis and Other Anti-Inflammatory Diseases
Remember those CB2 receptors, well for people suffering from arthritis it provides natural anti-inflammatory relief fighting it at the source. When inflammation occurs the arteries dilate and send more blood to the affected area in order to fight the damage with white blood cells and hormones. Long-term inflammation damages the body by attacking healthy tissues and cells.
In a study done on rats in 2016, researchers observed the effects of CBD extract effects in rats. The rats received soothing CBD gel, and the inflammation and pain to their joints showed improvement.
Crohn’s disease is another disease characterized by the inflammation of the bowel.
CBD can help block the body’s absorption of intestinal bacteria which can be harmful. Chronic inflammation is a symptom of diseases such as asthma, emphysema, heart disease and a few others.
3. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is commonly associated with veterans who served in combat, but it isn’t specific to them. PTSD is a mental disorder that develops after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic life-threatening event such as, car accident, natural disaster, sexual assault and many others.
The two options for the treatment of PTSD are psychotherapy and medication. If the patient chooses medication, there could be the risk of developing addiction and side effects to the medication.
Those suffering from PTSD also try medical marijuana. The calming effects of CBD extract work to relieve the anxiety caused by PTSD. The antipsychotic effects of CBD help calm down the nerves and reduce the feeling of anxiety and fear.
4. Anxiety Disorder and Stress
Anxiety is the body’s response to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. Anyone can experience anxiety at one point or another. You’ve probably felt anxious the night before a big event or if you’re worried about a problem at work.
Those suffering from anxiety disorder experience those events in a way that interferes with their life. Some of the symptoms include trouble sleeping, muscle tension, dry mouth, dizziness and much more.
The human body has a natural way of reacting to fearful situations, public speaking for example. The stress reduction happens because CDB extract reduces the heart rate and blood pressure. Even in stressful high-pressure situations, CDB can produce a calming effect.
5. Epilepsy and Other Neurological Disorders
In recent years there have been studies linking CBD extract to the treatment of Epilepsy seizures. Although more research in patients still needs to be conducted, CBD can help with other neurodegeneration, neural injury, and psychiatric diseases.
Other neurological disorders such as schizophrenia benefit from CBD extract because of its neuroprotective properties. The way it works is by stabilizing damaged NMDA receptors in the brain.
A clinical trial performed by Dr. F.M. Leweke compared cannabidiol with amisulpride an antipsychotic drug. The results of the trial showed a decrease in the psychotic symptoms, but cannabidiol has no negative side-effects.